A heart healthy diet isn’t all that difficult to muster up: low sodium, as little fat as possible, little to no sugar and all around boring and bland. Well, that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case if you know exactly what to consume and do so in moderation.
The first way to successfully do this is to concentrate on the things that you can eat, as opposed to the ones that you think you can’t. In actuality, there is an abundance of nutritious and tasty food that has the ability to not only boost the health of your heart, but keep you happy and emotionally high in the process.
No, seriously. Keep reading.
When consumed in moderation, alcohol actually has the ability to provide a number of heart healthy properties and perks.
Beyond its “calming” effects on the body and mind, alcohol is also known to safely raise HDL, which is “good” cholesterol, as well as lower fibrinogen, which is needed in order to safely clot the blood when necessary throughout the body.
Red wine gets all of the love when it comes to the heart healthy properties of alcohol, but all varieties of alcohol have heart boosting qualities of some kind. Red wine gets the number one approval rating due to its high amount of antioxidants, mainly resveratrol that helps to protect the heart in a number of healthy ways.
So what is “moderate” drinking? It is defined as roughly five drinks per week, with one drink being defined as containing about 6 ounces of liquid.
Alcohol of all kinds is scientifically proven to release endorphin compounds into the body that are responsible for the uplifting mood that is felt when consuming it. Always remember to drink responsibly, as your uplifting mood can certainly turn into a major form of sensory impairment if you go overboard.
Yes, you read that right again. It almost seems too good to be true that alcohol and candy can make you healthier and happier, but that really is the case.
Because chocolate comes from the cocoa plant, it is naturally sweet and packed full of flavonoids like epicatechin, which improves blood flow to the brain and the heart. Dark chocolate is noted as having the highest amount of these flavonoids.
Chocolate is also a rich source of magnesium, which is responsible for releasing the strain and tension on sore, achy muscles. The compounds such as phenylethylamine found in chocolate help to relax, soothe and de-stress the body naturally, making chocolate a good go-to snack when you need to boost your mood and mellow out.
Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.
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